Thought we could put together a post with some info about Easter. Found here: http://www.squidoo.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-easter-2011
But what about the reason behind it all? Where did Easter originate from? What are some of the most interesting things about Easter? Where do the rabbits and the eggs come from? And, probably the most frequently asked question about it – Why do we celebrate Easter?
This year, Easter Sunday is on the 24th April, an unusually late date compared with previous Easter Sundays. Why is it so late this year? But why was Easter celebrated on March 23rd in 2008, almost a month earlier than this year?
To discover the answers to all these intriguing questions about Easter, read on…
So what exactly is Easter?
The story behind the celebration
The Thursday before Easter Sunday is known as Maundy Thursday, and is all part of the Easter celebration. The next day is known as Good Friday, and of course, the following Sunday is Easter Sunday.
The EASTER SEASON traditionally lasted for forty days – from Easter Sunday until what was known as Ascension Day. The first week of the Easter Season was known as Easter Week, or the OCTAVE OF EASTER.
Easter marks the end of LENT, which takes place among the Roman Catholic churches.
Who Celebrates Easter…
…and who doesn’t?
While Christians celebrate Easter, there are several religions which do not. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends), Jews, Buddhists and Muslims traditionally don’t celebrate Easter.
Apart from religions, apparently search engine Google doesn’t advertise the Easter holiday on it’s homepage. While it celebrates Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day with it’s creative designs, the last time Google advertised Easter was in 2000.
So…what about the Easter bunnies?
And all them chocolate eggs!
Eastre’s symbols were the hare and the egg. Of course, now that explains the chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny! The hare has become the familiar Easter bunny and the eggs have become chocolate eggs!
The egg has been regarded as a symbol of new life for years and years, and so that is another reason for the Easter egg. A chick hatching from an egg has been seen as a type of resurrection – what seemed lifeless springs to life! That is like Jesus Christ, who appeared to be dead, but yet rose from the tomb on the third day.
Rabbits also give birth to many offspring around Easter time. Lambs are seen in their hundreds, and chicks can be found hatching! The Easter bunny is also prominent in relation to the goddess of fertility Eastre, because rabbits produce lots of offspring at one time.